National Bird Peacock: A Bird With A Different Place In Indian Society And Culture
In 1963, the peacock was given the status of a national bird. The reason for this honour was not only the beautiful shape of the peacock, but more than that, it was its historical and religious value.
I am going to tell about the importance of peacocks in our nature and Indian social and cultural environment.
The dancing of our national bird peacock has become synonymous with the rainy season. From Panchatantra to mythology, the description of peacocks is everywhere.
The thick blue and green colour of peacock feathers has become the central reason for admiration for this bird. The beautiful feathered peacock, which is the male of its species, is often mistaken for a female.
Actually, many scientists know and understand that this attractive work helps more to mate this bird, but not everyone believes in this accomplishment.
Why is peacock special? How did the national bird become?
Peacock feathers can be up to 5-6 feet long. They have a design similar to the shape of the eyes which is often found in blue, red and gold colours.
Despite these wings being so long, peacocks can fly for a short distance. They are often found on trees at night, and these delicate feathers are of great use to them in times of danger.
In 1963, the peacock was given the status of a national bird. The reason for this honour was not only the beautiful shape of the peacock but more than that was its historical and religious value.
Another reason was that the peacock is found all over the Indian peninsula and because of its variety, everyone can recognize it.
Peacock has more importance in many religions. In ancient times the peacock represented immortality in Christianity. This bird, known as Mayur in Sanskrit, is the vehicle of the Hindu god Kartikeya, the god of war.
Importance of peacock in Indian culture
Lord Krishna among Hindus is also related to the peacock. According to a legend, once Lord Krishna played his flute, all the peacocks started dancing, then the king of peacocks thanked Krishna and demanded that he should always wear one of his feathers, hence Lord Krishna in all his works and paintings.
He is definitely wearing a peacock feather on his head. In Islam also, peacock feathers are associated with Paradise. Many people place peacock feathers and rose petals in the Quran.
Many fables are also famous for the peacock. In many homes, people still keep peacock feathers. It is believed that this feather showers good luck and prosperity in the lives of the family members.
Some people also believe that keeping peacock feathers will prevent any insects from entering the house.
In history, even the king-maharaja used to keep peacocks in his garden. The unique look of our national bird is often seen in designs ranging from modern Kanchipuram silk sarees to mehndi designs.
All this is a testament to the popularity of the peacock.
The series is an initiative of the ‘Nature Communications’ program run by the ‘Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF)’. Its purpose is to encourage writing related to nature in Indian languages.